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Antoine the Fortunate
Nefin Dinç (James Madison University)
On the eve of WWI, Antoine Köpe had a front seat to history. A century later, Antoine’s elaborate journals, cartoons, recordings, and collections reveal what it was like in the last days of the Ottoman Empire. Filmmaker Nefin Dinç is collecting Antoine’s memories into a new documentary.
Migration and Dictatorship
Gabriela Toletti (Tidewater Community College and Old Dominion University)
Native-Uruguayan Gabriela Toletti says that even after decades of living in the United States, she feels like she has a foot in both worlds. She finds comfort and insight in the works of Uruguayan playwright Dino Armas, who writes about the difficulties of migration.
At the Movies in Cuba
Ann Marie Stock (William and Mary)
Ann Marie Stock has opened her heart to Cuban film and her home to Cuban filmmakers. She travels regularly to Cuba and discusses how Cuban film changed in the early 21st century.
Mexican Theater: Shining the Spotlight on Mexico’s Shadows
Jacqueline Bixler (Virginia Tech)
In Mexico, theaters are more than just a place for entertainment. Jacqueline Bixler says they are a forum for working out the traumatic events that have shaped Mexican history. Bixler was named Virginia Outstanding Faculty of 2016.
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